The Pasquotank County Commissioners joined Perquimans County Commissioners in approving the plan for a 20,000 acre wind farm, according to the Daily Advance.
Atlantic Wind has proposed to put up 150 turbines that will produce 300 megawatts of power -- enough to power 70,000 homes a year.. About 80 of the project's wind turbines would go in Pasquotank. The rest would be in neighboring Perquimans County in the northeast corner of the state.
The state approved the project earlier this year. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2012, with the wind farm up and spinning in 2013.
The Pasquotank County Planning Council will meet next week to consider a permit application for a large-scale wind farm.
The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reports the council will meet Wednesday to discuss an application from companies involved in the Desert Wind Energy Project. The project was approved by the North Carolina Utilities Commission on Tuesday.
About 80 of the project's 150 wind turbines would go in Pasquotank. The rest would be in neighboring Perquimans County in the northeast corner of the state.
Most of the 20,000 acres in the project would remain as farmland with the 475-foot turbines operating on 2 percent of the land. The project is expected to generate up to 300 megawatts of electricity -- enough to power 70,000 homes a year.